I'm pretty much a newb when it comes to freelancing, I'm looking to start a portfolio for my individual projects only I haven't done any and I'm kind of stuck on where to start. I have assisted in several CMS and forum implementations along with a few Wordpress sites, but haven't had a chance to build and launch a site entirely independently.
I've found that clients on sites like elance.com and freelancer.com generally aren't interested in what you have assisted in, they want to see projects of your own. That being said, I have been trying to find people interested in a site built and launched by myself with no obligation or charge, just so I can have a few pieces for my portfolio. Any suggestions as to where to look for new projects that aren't tied to rates and previous work experience?